Friends Cellar Saperavi 2015

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We are thrilled to welcome into our global portfolio the Georgian wines of Nelkarisi Winery. Georgia is the cradle of wine civilization with a history of wine production traced all the way back to 6000 BC.  With the demise of the Soviet Union the Iron Curtain was drawn back to reveal a nation eager to share its proud wine history globally and reestablish itself in the wine world with an influx of western investment. Nelkarisi was formally established in 2009 by a group of eleven international friends with a deep passion for authentic Georgian wine. No expense has been spared in the development of the winery and its vineyards, and Nelkarisi is committed to producing its wine using only traditional methods and varietals. We are excited for you to join us on this special introduction to Georgia’s wine culture and look forward to your enjoyment of these wines.

Saperavi is the premier red grape from Georgia and carries a powerful opaque color thanks to its dark skin and juice. The nose reveals damp, mossy notes of earth and exotic Indian spices, followed by waves of ripe raspberry and strawberry jam. The body seduces with ripe black cherry flavors and a layered velvety mouthfeel, quite reminiscent of a fine Red Burgundy with its bold and complex yet totally effortless style. The finish delivers a polished, elegant tannin and subtle nuances of rose, blackberry and spice. Best served alongside grilled red meats, the wine pairs particularly well with lamb or venison. Approachable today, the wine should delight over the next 10-12 years.